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Xiaomi's POCO F1 Launched at Rs 20,999... A New Flagship Killer?

The Poco F1
The Poco F1

Xiaomi’s new Sub Brand POCO has launched the new POCO F1 today at New Delhi. The Poco F1 is priced at a starting price of Rs 20,999 and changed the game of the whole 15k-35k price segment phones.

Poco has been campaigning for the launch of Poco F1 for the past couple of weeks and the focus of the campaign was majorly SPEED. It seemed like it was targeting the Oneplus 6. Let’s get into the specs sheet to know if the Poco F1 managed to beat the Oneplus 6.

Specifications:

The Poco F1 is a 6.18″ IPS LCD Display with FHD+ resolution. It is powered by the latest Flagship processor Snapdragon 845 and Adreno 630 GPU. The phone also Liquid Cooling Technology for better heat dissipation for intensive gaming and multi tasking.

The phone has 6GB/64GB, 6GB/128GB and 8GB/128GB combinations for the RAM and Internal Storage. The phone has 4000 mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 and comes with Type C port for charging and 3.5 mm port for the head phone.The phone supports dual sim/memory card upto 256GB with the hybrid slot.

The Poco F1 has a dual camera setup in the front with 12MP primary sensor and 5MP depth sensor. The selfie camera is a 20MP shooter with portrait mode. 4K video is supported but the EIS works only for 1080p. The finger print scanner is at the back and an IR sensor is provided for the Face Detection Unlock. Poco claims it to work even in low lighting conditions. All this is supported by Android Oreo 8.1 from the inside with a custom MIUI 9.6 skin customized by Poco.

Other Features include AI Scene Detection Mode, Dual Auto focus in rear camera, UFS 2.1 storage and Portrait mode on both the cameras.

Price and Availability:

Poco F1 will be available for sale exclusive on Flipkart from 29th Aug 12 PM. The phone will be available in Graphite, Rosso Red and Steel Blue variants for all variants and a special armored edition only for 8GB/256GB variant. The sale will also be accompanied with an offer of Rs 1000/- instant discount with HDFC bank cards.

The 6GB/64 GB variant will be available for Rs.20,999, 6GB/128 GB variant for Rs.23,999 and 8GB/128GB for Rs.28,999. The special armored edition with Kevlar layer in the back is priced Rs.29,999.

Poco F1 Colors
Poco F1 Color Variants

Flagship Killer:

Any flagship killer considering its price cannot have all the features as the Flagships itself. If the phone does the cost cutting at the right place and provide the best of the performance at affordable price, it surely is a flagship killer. Let’s first list out where the Poco F1 shines and where it doesn’t.

ProsCons
1. SD 845 Processor with Liquid Cooling
2. Battery Capacity.
3. Dual Camera.
4. Price.
1. Build Quality and looks.
2. No Optical Image Stabilization.
3. No IP Rating.

The phone is surely not a premium looking device or a good looking one to be exact. It has a big notch at the top and huge chin at the bottom. It can be seen that the cost cutting was done mainly at the build quality and design. The other cons are nothing to complaint for the price. But with Honor Play which has similar specs with Kirin 970 process at the same price, can we totally call Poco F1 the Flagship killer just for the sake of SD845? Only the camera performance would decide that. Once the detailed camera reviews of Poco F1 will be out, we would know which phone is the real Flagship Killer. Stay tuned for further updates.

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